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La Peña: Música latina en la Old Town School

Old Town School of Folk Music has digitized hours of audio and video that document a portion of the School’s La Peña concert series (1995-2005), and has licensed the performances for public access via the online platform maintained by THE ILLINOIS DIGITAL ARCHIVE. This project provides public access to fragile, previously unavailable traditional and ethnic arts source material from Chicago’s Hispanic community, and engages new, diverse, and culturally curious communities.

In support of this release to the Illinois Digital Archive, the Resource Center at the Old Town School of Folk Music is releasing a podcast trailer and four new episodes of the Archives Podcast. Additionally, four interview videos and eight concert video shorts will be released.

La Peña: El principio

Esto es la historia de La Peña, the first Latin music concert series at the Old Town School, pretty much the predecessor to today’s enormously successful World Music Wednesday concerts. But the story of La Peña is really just one part of a larger story, about how the Old Town School in the 1980s was brought back from the brink of closure, in large part by broadening their definition of “folk” in highly intentional ways. To tell the tale, we’ll share stories and music, en inglés y en español, from the people who were there. Featuring an interview with Juan Díes, founder of La Peña, and former Director of Community Outreach at the school.

Interview with Juan Díes

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Concert segment: Manteca Colorá

Concert segment: Arley Otalvaro

Trailer – La Peña: Música latina en la Old Town School

Esto es la historia de La Peña, the first Latin music concert series at the Old Town School—the predecessor to today’s enormously successful World Music Wednesday concerts. To tell the tale, we’ll share stories and music, en inglés y en español, from the people who were there. Episodes come out the first Wednesday of the month, starting in March. Listen on iTunes, SoundCloud, or wherever you get your podcasts. ¡Nos vemos el miercoles!